NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-September”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all through the month.


Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

LIVE from the NYPL | Stephen Greenblatt: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
New York Public Library—Main Building, 476 Fifth Ave./ 7PM, $25
“In the Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning The Swerve, Stephen Greenblatt set out to discover the origin of our modern world. He now turns his eye to the origin of all origins in his latest book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. “At some moment in an immensely distant past it was a breath that brought Adam to life,” Greenblatt writes, “the breath of a storyteller.” Greenblatt, the 2016 Holberg Prize Laureate, will discuss the tremendous theological, artistic, and cultural investment over centuries that made humanity’s fictional first parents so profoundly resonant in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worlds and, finally, so very “real” to millions of people even in the present.”


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Listening Party – Celebrating South African Jazz
>>Jim Gaffigan
>>Mdou Moctar
>>Julian Fleisher with Martha Plimpton: Pop Music
>>Pharoah Sanders
>>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Listening Party – Celebrating South African Jazz
Frederick P. Rose Hall, 5th floor, Broadway and 60th Street / 7:00PM, FREE
“Join host Seton Hawkins, pianist Eli Yamin, and vocalist Melanie Scholtz as they explore South Africa’s incredible Jazz history! With a mix of classic recordings as well as live performance by Melanie and Eli, the event will showcase the extraordinary breadth of styles and incredible array of artists that have contributed to the country’s jazz scene.

Guest pianists Kathy Tagg and Andre Petersen will perform duo piano arrangements of South African Jazz classics as a special treat.”

Jim Gaffigan
@ Beacon Theatre / 7:30PM, $40+
“Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food.”

Mdou Moctar
Rubenstein Atrium (Lincoln Center) / 7:30PM, FREE
“Guitarist Mdou Moctar, the star of a delightful low-budget Purple Rain remake whose Tuareg-language title translates as Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It, makes his New York debut at this World Music Institute event. Raised in Niger’s Azawagh desert, Moctar recorded his first album in Nigeria in 2008. Anar, a Hausa-influenced revelation of phase-shifting Tuareg guitar vamps and autotuned vocals, quickly made him a hot item among West Africa’s SIM card–swapping MP3 traders. Part of the Tuareg scene that includes Tinariwen (whose songs he has covered) and Bombino, Moctar is a popular wedding performer who sings about Islam, love, and education and plays a left-handed Fender in the griot-like tekamba and shadowy, late-night assouf guitar styles.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)

Julian Fleisher with Martha Plimpton: Pop Music
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 9:30PM, $30
“Musical showman Fleisher continues his Joe’s Pub residency with a show that reunites him with Emmy-winning actor and acerbic wit Plimpton (Raising Hope), with whom he used to perform a popular Los Angeles nightclub act. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini adds to the mischief.” (TONY)

Pharoah Sanders (Sept. 26-30)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Time may have mellowed the formidable free-jazz saxophonist Sanders, but the juice is hardly all drained yet. At seventy-six, this onetime terror can still rattle a bandstand with fervently soulful tones. His quintet includes such committed associates as the pianist William Henderson and the bassist Nat Reeves.” (NewYorker)

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert
David Geffen Hall (at Lincoln Center) / 7:30pm; $65­–$175 (maybe tough tkt)
“New York Philharmonic takes on John Williams’s scores for the most iconic film franchise in history with screenings of A New Hope (September 15, 16), The Empire Strikes Back (September 26–28), Return of the Jedi (October 4, 5) and The Force Awakens (October 6, 7), all backed by conductor David Newman and an 85-person orchestra. Maybe we’ll get the prequels in 2018?” (TONY)

Continuing Events

The 55th New York Film Festival (9/28-10/15)
at The Film Society of Lincoln Center,
featuring 25 films from around the globe.
“It’s the opening night of the 55th New York Film Festival, with things kicking off with the premiere of Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, a long-in-the-making, quasi-sequel to Hal Ashby’s ‘70s classic The Last Detail.”

Madison Square Eats  (thru sept.29)
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.”  (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672,

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.

Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


A PremierPub

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest,” Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox, with a great selection of  40s& 50s R&B and soul. On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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